At HFG HQ, we receive countless products and new cookbooks to test, and we regularly hit the streets in search of ways to make healthy living easier/more enjoyable. Here, we share the best of the week’s discoveries…
We were bowled over… by this delicious coconut version of non-dairy hemp ‘milk’. Good Hemp Coconut is dairy, gluten and soya free – and exceedingly delicious and versatile. We couldn’t get enough of it, so we enjoyed it ice-cold as a drink (a 250ml glass has 85kcal and 50% of your daily omega-3 fatty acids), poured it over our cereal and mixed it into our porridge. At £1.79 per 1 litre carton, it’s a little more expensive than regular cow’s milk – but we reckon it’s worth it.
We revisited our childhood… by turning Ready Brek Original Super Smooth Porridge (£2/450g, widely available) into a smoothie. All we did was whiz strawberries and blueberries with 150ml semi-skimmed milk with 1tbsp of the oats! One of your five-a-day in an instant – the kids’ll love it.
We were centre stage… at the Allergy and Free Show in London. Healthy Food Guide recipe consultant Phil Mundy demoed two gluten-free faves from our recipe archives. First up was a batch of savoury muffins, packed with grated butternut squash or carrot, feta and sun-dried tomatoes – great for lunchboxes or as an afternoon snack. The second recipe was gluten-free chocolate chip cookies using dark chocolate chips – cracking with a cuppa. How’s that for weekend baking inspiration…?
We reached healthy breakfast heights… 32 floors up at Aqua Shard. If you’re in the city looking for a morning meal with a view, this is the place to head. The menu is varied, with plenty of good-for-you options including eggs many ways, salmon and avo, and berries with yogurt. We settled for the Aberdeenshire stone ground oatmeal porridge, made with almond milk and finished with a hefty dose of chia seeds (hello omega-3s!) and a dollop of mixed berry compote (£6). Hearty and oh-so delicious.